By Pastor Thad Gifford Contributing Columnist
March 28, 2014
I dreamed I had an interview with God. “So, you would like to interview me?” God asked. “If you have time,” I said. God smiled, “My time is eternity… what questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises You the most about human-kind?” I asked.
God answered…”That they get bored with childhood, that they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future. That they live as if they would never die, and die as though they had never lived.” God’s hand took mine… and we were silent for a while.
And then I asked, “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?” God replied, “To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them. To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least. To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings. To learn that two people can look at the same thing, and see it differently. To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”
“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly.
“Is there anything else you would like your children to know?” God smiled, and said… “Just know that I am here for them. Always.”
— Author unknown
Have you ever wished you could talk to God? Well…guess what? You can. I do every day and I know millions of Christians around the world do too. “How?” you ask. It’s called prayer. There’s not an hour that goes by that I don’t talk to God during the day. Asking His wisdom in making a decision. Praying for someone or for something. Thanking Him for what He has done, is doing and will do in my life and the lives of those I love. I pray for my children. I pray for my wife. I pray for the church. I pray that, by Divine appointment, people will be at Crossroads on Sunday morning who need to hear the message I will be bringing. I pray for people to be saved. I pray for our town, our county, our state, the United States and our leaders.
You might wonder how I get anything done if I am praying all the time. Well…I pray when I am driving. (No…I don’t close my eyes.) I pray while I am watching a sports program on T.V. I pray before meals, after waking and before going to bed at night. I pray throughout the day as I am going from place to place. I am in communication with God throughout the day.
Maybe you have been taught you have to be on your knees, or eyes closed and head bowed and hands clasped. While that does have a rightful place in prayer, you can pray with eyes wide open, while driving, walking, jogging or running. Some of my best time of prayer has been while I am in the woods hunting. (And not just praying for a deer to walk by.)
Many times, we have a few moments or minutes while we wait on something or someone. Use it as time to pray. Let me ask you this question, “How will you know God’s will for your life if you are not talking to Him about it?” It’s necessary to pray. And pray daily. Someone once said, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.” I have to agree with that. When I am in a difficult situation, or need to make a difficult decision, when I am thankful for something or about to start or finish my day, I pray.
Jesus said, “The sheep will know My voice.” Do you know God’s voice in your life? I hope you do. And…I hope you know His Word for your life too. That comes from reading the Bible on a daily basis.
So let me encourage you to pray. Talk to God. Include Him in your daily life. And see…just see if things don’t go a little better for you. I am betting they will. And that is Something to Think About for this week.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at (740) 852-7800, e-mail him at m.thad.gifford.com or at their website www.3c-church.org.